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Citra Extra Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single hop, West Coast style American Pale Ale with intense hop flavor and aromas. This is a citrus bomb that has grapefruit and passion fruit aromas with citrus lime flavors.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-18-2011

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121
Ratings:
631
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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Photo of clake
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber dated 7/28/15 into tulip glass. Appearance is a clear, deep orange with really nice lacing. Smell is very bright tropical with a hint of breadlines. This particular bottle goes down hill from appearance and smell. Hints of citrus is there but there's a bit of a metallic presence that is overpowering everything else to the point that it becomes a distraction. Moderately carbonated with a wet finish. Very well could be an oxidation problem with this. Definitely potential to be a solid beer without the off putting metallic taste going on. I will give this another go if I see it again. (Edited 8/30/15: same bottle date purchased at a different store. Still getting the metallic, copper like flavor.)

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1.5 finger creamy lush head that fades slowly, nice sticky foamy lacing too, a clear nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big toasted grains, a cereal cracker, like a saltine cracker, big grainy flour, mild mineral notes from some yeast things, a little citrus peel, zest, with touch s of orange, candied orange peel, and a little apricot even, not what I was expecting at all for a Citra pale.

Taste brings mineral water out front, weird again, some grainy toasted malts, cereal grains with more cracker like saltine or wheat cracker, etc. Then hops, but not a ton of flavor, hop water, with a little orange peel, candied orange and candied apricot, not much actual orange juice or tangerine, etc, little pink grapefruit note, pith mostly, etc. Finish is bitter rind like, fair bitterness but not a ton, a little sticky but somewhat dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, hint of booze note.

Overall eh, it shouldn't be old, although there's no date I bought this at the same time as all the other Knee Deep beers and those were pretty good, not old. This one seems old or very much missing hte point of a citra beer, not very enjoyable in pretty much any category.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, rocky head. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass. The liquid is gold and cloudy.

Strong hop aroma of freshly cut grapefruit. I detect a bit of sweetness in the background.

The flavor is sharply bitter. This starts even at the initial sip. It intensifies to peak in the swallow. The aftertaste, while bitter, lasts only a moderate period of time. Near the end, it's nearly astringent. Rich for a pale ale, but with ample carbonation as well. A nice hop-head beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/42/15 (yes that's actually what it says)

A: Pours a clear pale orange. Tall frothy and fluffy white head.

S: Citra all right. Nice refreshing tropical fruit aroma. A little pineapple and apricot mainly it seems. Mango? A little bit of light sugary sweetness, like candied fruits.

T: Welp, I may have been off on the aroma. Not as much tropical fruit, lots of grapefruit and citrus in general. It's everywhere, all-encompassing. Strong flavors but not over the top. The bitterness is controlled nicely as well. Caramel sweetness in the finish. Lightly dry and somewhat bitter lingering citrus peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Nice APA. Great citrusy hop flavors without crushing your bones to dust with bitterness. Almost sessionable.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw with a finger of light white head.
Smells mild citrus. Some lemon, orange, and a little peach.
Taste is a crisp clean start, light citrus carries over. Fades to a wet bitter finish. Nice balance. Not overpowering in the hop department.
Light, well balanced mouth feel. Goes down easy, no boozy burn.
Overall solid slightly citrus pale ale. Best I've had yet from Knee Deep.

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Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 fingers of dense white head with good retention and excellent lacing. The lacing almost coats the entire glass. Body is clear, deep golden. Some visible, slowly ascending carbonation.

Strong, bright notes of citrus, particularly grapefruit. Some pine and a touch of caramel malt underlying.

Taste follows the nose, but far more balanced. Starts with grapefruit and malt, followed by some sweet orange flesh. Finish is bitter citrus rind, some pine and sweet malt to balance it out.

medium bodied and medium-loe carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing, but this a terrific, well crafted hoppy pale ale that does an excellent job over highlighting the single hop profile.

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Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

translucent honey yellow, natural ivory white head, scrappy lacing.Aroma is guava, pineapple and eucalyptus. Taste is mentholated grapefruit on top of soild breadiness. Unremarkable but drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a little kinda herbal dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lime, and a hint of orange, tropical fruit, passion fruit, peach, light herbal notes, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid hoppy pale ale. I dig it.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major caveat with this review, I ordered this beer online and upon arrival the brewed on date was January 5, 2015. So this is a little over 5 month old hoppy beer. Certainly not great conditions :).

Appearance: foamy white head. Little more head than usual, which I attribute to the age. Beer is straw yellow.

Smell: cracking bottle I get a nice whiff of tropical citrus and pine. Nice, but gone in a second. Pouring into a glass, there is limited odor.

Taste: citrus, pine, resin, bit of stone fruit and ending with malty cracker, white bread. Pretty muted citra flavor. Hops have faded and the malt stands out a lot. Might be the extra pale ale which would have more malt balance anyways and a combo of the citra notes fading slowly.

Feel: medium body. Very drinkable.

Overall: I'm going to give this higher marks than the actual taste because I don't want to penalize a beer for simply being old. There is a nice core beer here and I'm sure fresh this could be a treat.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 1/28/15. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours golden orange with three fingers of fluffy white head. Nice, thick retention, including a wide halo which leaves large swaths of lace.

Smells of muted citrus peel, overripe fruit, grass and some vague sugar. Meh.

Taste is much less vibrant than I'd hoped. Musty, old citrus, grass, mild cracker and a little bread. Rather dull, with very vague Citra character.

Medium body, slightly chalky with abundant carbonation. Finishes with old orange peel, grass and a bit of cracker.

My experience with Citra Extra Pale Ale is underwhelming compared to what I know Knee Deep is capable of. I don't regret trying it but am kicking myself for paying so much without checking the date first...

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Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light apricot and pear notes up front. A bit of pine needle character as it warms. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Really hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair. Effervescence noted.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front. More apricot and melon flavors. A bit of citrus and mandarin orange. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: An easy drinking, hop assertive pale ale. Looks a little scary but overall is enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Pungent. Orange and tropical fruit hop. Toasty malt.

Taste - Really nice hop flavor. Not over the top. Tropical fruit. Hefty biscuit and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple and delicious beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big citrus and tropical fruit aromas,
T: A rich creamy texture fills the mouth and then gives way to rich malt and light biscuit followed by a symphony of citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit and light malt flavors and an assertive bitter finish. The hop flavors and bitterness linger.
F: Very creamy soft on the palate with medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing citrusy American pale Ale loaded with tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/14/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden in color with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent retention before breaking down to an island of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing that clings well.

Smell - Enticing aroma with loads of citrus backed by a bit of pine dank. Hints of caramel.

Taste - A bit more mellow than the nose leads one to believe. Citrusy with a touch of pith and pine bitterness. Caramel malt undertone that plays hard to get. A faint stone pit nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down nicely with a refreshing finish.

Overall - Delivers on the promise of a citrus forward brew, but not much complexity, though as a single hop not much was expected. Incredibly drinkable, but for the price I'd just as soon pick up a sixer of Lags New Dogtown and call it a day.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a deep burnt orange infused golden with a fluffy white slow to settle white head atop.Aromas are some what muted with leafy hops and a iron-like German lager style to it,a bit of citrus comes thru more as it sits.This a dry APA on all fronts,a crisper dry toasted malt base up against a herbal and citric hops profile,easy going down.

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Photo of FLima
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Delicious fruity hoppy aroma with predominant strong notes of passion fruit which is hard to differentiate from the real fruit. Hints of caramels, mango, grapefruit and bread. Not very complex, but the passion fruit was incredible.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, resin, lemongrass, passion fruit, a bit of toasted malts and muffled caramel, spices, American yeast, pine, green mango, green pears, melon, pineapple core, grass and lime. Dry aftertaste with a rounded but long lasting bitterness. It sure feels bitter than its 45 IBUs, especially considering its body, nothing wasted here. Passed the sneeze test.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well hidden.
Beefed up APA with good fruit complexity. Really a well done citrus bomb, balanced and intense but not harsh. Also with a superb real passion fruit assertive nose. If it was easily available, this would certainly a regular. Resist well over time, no lame excuses for being extra fresh.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head and good lacing.

Nose is intensely pungent. Big astringency with orange, lemon, and mango. Kind of smells like a bag of hops with a touch of malty sweetness added.

Taste follows smell. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate at the front. On the back end there is a dry pine that is very nice followed by the sweetness from the malt.

The body is medium and the carbonation seems to be at the right level. Extremely dry piney aftertaste lingers.

Very good for just a pale ale. Citra is one of the best hops out there and this showcases them well.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Pizza. Nice light golden body. Slight citrus aroma. Flavor seems much more resiny than fruity. Not as much of that citra flavor I’m used to from a beer using the citra hop, but still a darn good brew.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a nonic pint glass.

A- Poured a see-through golden orange-amber color with a big 1-plus F head, off white in color with staying power. Light steady bubbles, heavy lacing.

S-Mostly grapefruit with other citrus and malt backbone. Pleasant.

T-Pale malts make their way behind hefty citrus flavor. Grapefruit rind. Not sweet.

M- Silky smooth feel. Dry hop tang and finish. Puckery and sharp. A touch of pale malt sweetness.

O- I love big bitter hop bombs but this beer is proof at 45 ibu that a good hoppy brew does not have to be 80-plus ibu. It has full hop flavor with body.

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Photo of cfalls
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades fast, not leaving much lacing.

Nice tropical fruit smell comes out of the bottle, but is somehow less noticeable once poured.

Given the smell, the taste was a little disappointing. Tropical fruit still there, but a little too sweet for me, and just a hint of an onion flavor that I don't expect from Citra. My bottle was 3.5 months old, which might be a factor here. Hoppy for an APA -- could pass for an IPA.

Typical mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of Omnium
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange with a two finger fluffy white head.
Awesome aroma with a load of mango citrus some light malts
Flavor follows up nicely with lots of fruit some sweet malt balancing get It out mild bitterness.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange gold color. The head formed is thin and loose but maintains well through the session.
Plenty of citrus and tropical notes, some malts but this is about hops.
The taste is hoppy with citrus and tropical fruits just like in the nose. Also the beer has a big malty taste too with a biscuit or bready finish.
Drinks assertive.
I like this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell except that the tropical fruit flavors are a little stronger and there are additional hints of lemon/lime citrus. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this APA to be very easy to drink and quite tasty with all of the tropical fruit and citrusy flavors. In some aspects, I would almost consider this to be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

This is as it says it is: a Citra brew. A hazy apricot with a nice white head. The aroma is subdued, but the citrus does come to the fore. Some sweetness detected, can't flesh out if it is malt or part of the hop profile. The flavor is a bit more complex. The citrus profile is sweeter than beers with nods to lemon or grapefruit. More of orange and lemon, but the flesh, not the peel. What my damn inarticulate palate cannot discern is if this is the meaning of this hops featuring in this beer, or if it is the expert hand of malt balance to add that touch of sweet. Finishes with a nice resin-syrup. Maybe I'm thinking Meyer Lemon? Regardless, a well done feature of Citra. I am a fan.

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Photo of salcedo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a glass.

Aroma: Malt and oranges
Appearance: Creamy head, nice lacing on the glass. Color is a dark yellow or orange. Significant chill haze, but to me that means it is real, unfiltered beer.
Flavor: Initial sweetness, followed by nice bitter bite. Strong citrus flavor combines sweetness of tangerine with the bitterness of grapefruit. There's a hint of grass in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Well carbonated
Overall: Very tasty beer, would be about perfect if they can get rid of the grass flavors.

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Citra Extra Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.
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